This is a letter I emailed HR on Aug 8th. I would like to lodge a small complaint about my termination. I was fired last week from store 184 for improper employee discount. The circumstances were as follows: I had interviewed **** ****, nephew of PGA Tour player *** for a position. He had also spoken with the hard goods manager, as well as many other leads etc, and he was going to be hired. He came for his second/"job offer" interview with the store manager who was a "no show".
He had already completed the golf-training booklet, and briefed on exposure standards (employee training) etc. I reviewed the uniform/dress policy. He stated he needed to purchase a couple of polo's and a pair of athletic shoes (to conform with the dress code). He selected two shirts and a pair of tennis shoes (total less than $20) When he went to the check out I went up and asked the FEC (Front End Coordinator)(with hard goods team leader present) to use my employee number since he was scheduled to work the next day (he was on the printed schedule for the week).
I also used a gift card that was given to me for a golf lesson from a customer (I would have preferred cash) to use a welcome aboard gesture).
R***called on Tuesday to state he appreciated my effort, but had taken another position. I informed the AA that the employment packet was not needed....end of story...not.
I was called into the managers office (with the district Loss Prevention) and asked about the situation and explained as above. The store manager acted as if there was some kind of scam to save $20 on a purchase. I guess the note LP had me add to the statement that I would repay the $20 was a pseudo admission of guilt, which I should not have agreed to.
I have never gotten along with the manager for reasons I can't pinpoint. . Example: I have been undergoing radiation treatment and surgeries (10 days prior to termination) for melanoma. The radiation has left week and me sick. I was told by a fellow employee that I'd better take a vacation day since I had only been able to work about 7 hours per day and not 8, and the plan was to fire me for fraudulent time card...so I did take a vacation day and worked that day.
Another example is my receiving radiation treatment and surgery for a melanoma (45 stitches) on 7/24. My wife was deployed with the Air Force on 7/25 and I returned to work on 7/26 and worked through the 29th. This was the week I was warned to use a vacation day (or make up the hours...physically impossible) and did so.
I asked for no special concessions during my two bouts with cancer but was amazed/surprised at the staggering effect of this treatment.
I was trying to get my health back so I could move to another store (I had to stay in Indianapolis for oncology).
Now I'm just another unemployed cancer patient thanks to my friends at Dick's Sporting Goods.